Questions in Parliament

Kristie Johnston, Question to Parliament – 6 September 2022

By September 6, 2022No Comments

Thank you Mr Speaker

My question is to the Minister for Racing.

Minister, on 16 August this year you tabled a response to an e-petition signed by 13 519 Tasmanians calling for the end of public funding of Greyhound Racing.

Your response refers to “improved transparency regarding animal welfare” and that “probity and integrity are critically important in the racing industry”.

Recently TasRacing have started heavily editing greyhound racing replays available to the public via its website to remove evidence of the horrific injuries and deaths that regularly occur on your watch.

For instance, on 29 March Race 7 at Launceston was edited. The footage cuts in the home turn when Husky Shiraz was on the outside. It resumes in the final straight with Husky Shiraz no where to be seen. We know that Husky Shiraz suffered a fractured left tibia on that home turn and had to be euthanised.

When the CEO Andrew Jenkins was asked directly about the editing of race footage he responded that “When a greyhound falls or is injured, Tasracing does not believe the incident should be broadcast”.

This is the very opposite of “improved transparency regarding animal welfare”!

Minister, are you and TasRacing too ashamed and embarrassed to show the public the horrors that occur in greyhound racing?

Will you immediately direct TasRacing to publish the full and unedited videos of each race instead of hiding injuries and deaths from the public view?

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